Community Announcements

Hospice of the Western Reserve Volunteer Education Series – Be the difference! Be a volunteer. Hospice of the Western Reserve is seeking volunteers to assist in private residences, nursing homes, assisted living communities, and hospital settings. As a vital part of Hospice of the Western Reserve’s team, volunteers come from all walks of life and have a variety of skills, talents and abilities. Opportunities to serve are diverse: Companionship in private home and nursing home settings, Certified Pet Therapy, Licensed Cosmetologists and Barbers, light housekeeping, Patient phone calls, and Veterans Visiting Veterans.

The next series of volunteer classes start on February 18th  at 9:00 a.m., at Hospice of Western Reserve, 34900 Chardon Road – Building 1 Suite 105,  Willoughby Hills 44094.  Pre-registration is required.  For more information, or to register, call the volunteer team at 216.255.9090.   It is required to wait 12 months after experiencing a significant loss before volunteering directly with patients.

About Hospice of the Western Reserve: Hospice of the Western Reserve is a community-based, non-profit agency providing comfort and emotional support to patients and their families. The agency cares for people in a variety of settings, including the home, hospital, long-term care facility, David Simpson Hospice House overlooking Lake Erie, Ames Family Hospice House in Westlake and Hospice of Medina County. For more information, visit or call 800.707.8922.

LAKE COUNTY GENERAL HEALTH DISTRICT OFFERING FREE ONLINE OVERDOSE PREVENTION TRAINING  – The Lake County General Health District (LCGHD) is now offering a free online opioid overdose prevention training and naloxone distribution through its Project DAWN (Deaths Avoided With Naloxone) program.  Participants will receive online training to recognize the signs and symptoms of overdose, distinguish between different overdose types, perform rescue breathing, call EMS, and administer naloxone.  The online education and distribution program will be available to Lake county residents, as well as residents of other Ohio counties who do not currently have a Project DAWN program.

The online program is easy to use:

  1. Visit
  2. Click the “Request a Kit” link to complete a survey and training video.

LCGHD staff will review all naloxone requests, and mail the naloxone kit to all eligible recipients within 72 hours of the request.

“LCGHD is dedicated to ensuring access to naloxone regardless of one’s ability to travel or self-advocate,” commented Haley Russo, Health Educator and coordinator of the LCGHD’s Project DAWN, an overdose education and naloxone distribution program.  The Ohio Department of Health reports that in 2018, 84% of unintentional drug overdose deaths in Ohio resulted from opioids.

If you have questions about Project DAWN, or the online opioid overdose prevention training program, please contact Haley Russo at 440-350-2844, or [email protected].  To find a local pharmacy that can dispense naloxone without a prescription, visit The Ohio Pharmacy Board’s website at

Grief Support Group         If you need help and encouragement after the death of a spouse, child, family member, or friend, Harvest Bible Church 34525  Melinz Parkway in Eastlake offers support through GriefShare dot org – a network of 12,000 churches to help you heal.      The care you need, information you can trust.      INFO:   or   440-942-8420

Grief Support Group Helps People Impacted by Overdose Deaths          Lake-Geauga Recovery Centers’ Grief Support Group helps families and individuals who have experienced the sudden loss of a loved one through substance use disorder. People who have suffered this kind of loss know that society treats this type of death in a much different manner than death from other causes.    Licensed counselors and peer supports who have shared this life experience will provide assistance to help navigate the grieving process, providing encouragement and hope as individuals move forward in rebuilding their lives.

Group members will be assisted with identifying, processing and moving through stages of grief, and receive education and support regarding the disease of substance use disorder. The group meets at the Mentor office located at 9083 Mentor Ave., Mentor, OH and is free and open to the community. No pre-registration is required. More information about the group and meeting times is available by calling 440.255.0678 or by visiting

The importance of providing this type of Grief Support cannot be overstated especially in consideration of the opioid epidemic and overdose deaths reported by the State of Ohio.  According to the Ohio Department of Health 2017 Ohio Drug Overdose Data: General Findings there were 4,162 opioid related deaths in Ohio and in Lake County alone there were 91 unintentional overdose deaths in 2017 ( – Tables 1 & 3).

“We find there are continued requests for bereavement counseling from grieving families as they struggle with the loss of their loved ones. We are grateful to the Lake County ADAMHS Board for their continued funding of the Grief Support Group.” said Melanie Blasko, President and CEO. Programs at Lake-Geauga Recovery Centers are made possible through the support of the Lake County ADAMHS Board, the Geauga Board of Mental Health and Recovery Services and United Way of Lake & Geauga Counties.

Since 1971 Lake-Geauga Recovery Centers, a private, nonprofit agency, has earned a solid reputation for its wide range of services for adults whose lives have been affected by their own or another’s use of alcohol or other drugs, by problem gambling, or by mental illness. Lake-Geauga Recovery Center’s goal for treatment services is to help consumers achieve long-term recovery and an improved quality of life.

Volunteers Needed At Lake Health
Lake Health is seeking volunteers in the following areas: administration reception desk, emergency department, gift shop, information desk, patient room service, patient transport, patient registration, patient visitation, pastoral care, pet therapy and Stephen Ministers. Applicants must be at least 14 years old to volunteer.           For more information call Volunteer Services Department at TriPoint Medical Center 440-354-1665 or West Medical Center 440-953-6049.